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Immigrant Newspapers Update

This week for Immigrant Newspapers, it’s all about the website building! Work is basically a continuation of last week, with significantly more progress.

We have created our first profile page for a newspaper and are halfway through the creation of the homepage. The map itself is nearly done, and when that is ready this weekend we will place the HTML into our homepage and test it. Copy should be finished by Saturday evening, and Sunday will be spent filling our site. We will be pulling stills from our website on Monday to use in our presentation.

Copy for the Homepage has developed nicely. We decided to include a small ‘navigation’ description directly under the map, which gives the user a 4-part breakdown of ways in which they can use the site. With the given limitations of our collection and browsing techniques, we thought it would be best to lay out ways that the user can, and cannot, use our site to avoid frustration.

After a few refusals, we also got ourselves a consultant: Dr. Annie Polland. She has a Phd in History from Columbia and is currently the Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society in NYC. She was chosen due to her time spent as Director and Curator of the Tenement Museum (under her leadership, visitation to the museum grew by a whopping 70%), and her obvious knowledge of immigrant groups and their experiences in our time period.

 

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